Saturday, February 18, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (5/5 stars).

Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: 03 February 2012
Genre: Sci-fi
Paperback: 336
Rating: 5/5 stars

"Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty."

Wow. Under the Never Sky really rocked my boat! 

It was a rocky start for me..

I bought another copy as a gift to a friend and in my note I have to tell her to go on reading no matter what! All the good parts happen after Aria was exiled and I only get to appreciate what happened in the dome after Aria's mother's message was revealed. So patience my lovelies!

Aria and Perry's strong and believable love was what pulled me in the most.

Rossi built Aria and Perry's love story slowly, they both had walls of preconceived notions about each other that had to be broken down before they are able to really see each other, and all the more to love the other. When Perry first saw Aria, he thought she was beautiful with her skin as smooth as milk, but she smelled, off, like the other dwellers, and after the dwellers took his nephew, he blamed having saved Aria, "I should've let you die, I lost everything because of you." Aria was scared when she was exiled, she heard of stories about savages, that they're murderers and cannibals, and because she was the only survivor in the fire with no records of what happened, she was accused of letting the savage in, she might never see her mother again all because of him. 

Then they started to see a little behind those walls. Perry saved Aria from cannibals, but Aria told him he was a monster for killing these men who were even offering to share their food with them, and Perry left her to walk alone so he could be away from her for a while, "let's see how you do on your own out here, Mole." What happens next is so tender, I love how it was Perry's point of view I was reading, the impact would not be so strong if the entire story was told in Aria's point of view: "Then he saw her bare feet. Dirty. Wet with blood. Raw flesh showing where the skin had peeled back or fallen off completely. The book covers must have broken after he'd left her. What had he done?" Then he found out that she was giving the eyepiece to him so he could save his nephew even when she thought she was dying! 

I felt really connected to Aria and Perry.

Aria may have been living in the pod, sheltered and fragile, and at the beginning of the story she was trying to seduce a boy into giving her information about her mother but she will surprise you with how strong she is without compromising her moral beliefs, her regret at not having sung for her mother made her selfless in her future choices, and she tries hard to learn how to be independent. 

Perry is a warrior and he has a vision for his people, he wants to challenge his brother to be the lord of his village but out of loyalty he holds back, no matter the provocations of his brother. And he'd do anything for the people he loves (his nephew, Aria, his people).

Rossi's world building is..

I would've wanted to know more about the Aether, but Under the Never Sky is part of a trilogy, and the upcoming installments might reveal what it is. At this point, I would say that Rossi's world building is solid and fantastic, *spoilers* I like the contrast in the evolution of people who live in the pods and those who remained above ground. Pod dwellers have altered physiology, their women never have their period nor do they give birth, as a control in population with the limited dome space. Those who are above ground, have evolved to be stronger hunters, because food is scarce and without evolving they would face extinction.

Rossi's writing is smooth and captivating, she could make the moments slow when tenderness calls for it and fast to make you feel caught up in the action scenes without losing fluidity.

My Verdict:
Even if you're not a fan of Science fiction books, Under the Never Sky is a great read you shouldn't miss! 

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1 comment:

  1. Great review!
    I have this book on my shelf and now I'm going to jump into it!
    Staying tuned... :)